VIDEO: Libya Sends More than 150 Migrants back to Mali

Fri Dec 30, 2016 11:25:16

Dozens of Malian migrants queued outside the departure hall of Tripoli’s Maetiga airport on Thursday ahead of their deportation from Libya.

The Libyan Department of Anti-Illegal Immigration, with the help of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), is sending home 157 Malian migrants due to overcrowding at Libya's detention centers.

There are more plans to deport more migrants in the near future, especially now that African embassies in Tripoli are starting to cooperate with the immigration department.

Libyan detention centers currently house migrants from across the continent - most notably Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Gambia and Somalia.

The migrant crisis began to escalate dangerously in 2015 when high numbers of unauthorized foreign nationals attempted to travel to the European Union.

According to the United Nations, the most dangerous migration route is from Libya to Italy, where the UN estimates one in every 47 refugees dies.

The UN recently reported that migrants in Libya are subject to serious human rights violations and abuses.

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